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‘It’s a pain that is deep inside of you’; Family of triple shooting victim seeks justice

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- The family of one of the victims of Wednesday's triple shooting is remembering their loved one who was taken away from them way too soon.

"We're a very close-knit family Josh is an extravagant young man," said Joshua Cooper's cousin Javon Warfield said.

Joshua Cooper and Anderson Retic were shot and killed in a triple shooting Wednesday. Another young man was also shot and is badly hurt in the hospital.

The night his family heard the news, they say they felt a million emotions at once. Anger, sadness and disbelief.

"It's a pain that is deep inside of you..it feels like your heart is being ripped outside of your chest. It is a physical pain it is a mental pain. It is anguish," Joshua's Aunt Chaunda Hall said.

"Josh was kind-hearted his smile would light up a room he was not somebody that was involved in any type of negativity in society so the manner he was killed in is a tragedy not only for my family but for the whole community," Joshua's Uncle O'mandre Hall said.

Warfield wants the community to remember the young men, so he's using a demonstration on Tuesday to stand up against injustices like this.

"This is something that needs to be taken care of properly and our presence tomorrow is meant for that to show that we are here we are paying attention we are vigilant we're gonna really be paying attention to what's going on and we are looking for the proper justice," Warfield said.

As the country reckons with race, seeing these young black men killed in this way is another heartbreaking blow.

"When things happen like this in the black community it shouldn't be a question of if justice it's when justice," Warfield said.

Justice for three young men, two dead one badly hurt. Men with promising futures and who leave behind families whose lives will never be the same.

"Long live JCoop long live Andy we just want to keep that going and know that they're living through us and that's the main reason we want to go to the courthouse to show that we're all united for Josh and Andy we're living through them and they're living through us," Joshua's brother Tyler Rice said.

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Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at acadet@WPTA21.com.

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